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Call for Presenters & Roundtable Leaders

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NEPA BlogCon is an annual event that brings together bloggers, non-profits, students, small businesses, communications professionals, and techy types to learn – not just about blogging, but about social media, communications tools, marketing, branding, and so much more.

 

 

For NEPA BlogCon 2017, we’re seeking inquiries from potential presenters and roundtable leaders who are excited to share their enthusiasm and expertise. We welcome fresh faces and past attendees and presenters! Please read our submission guidelines below for details.

Vendor Specific Proposals

NEPA BlogCon 2017 does not accept product or vendor-related submissions. If your pitch is a thinly-veiled advertisement for a new technology, service, or product, thanks, but this isn’t the best place for it. If you do want to get the word out about your company, product, or service, please consider becoming a sponsor or having an exhibition table at our event!

Submission Deadline

The deadline to submit a proposal to present a session or lead a roundtable discussion for NEPA BlogCon is Friday, July 14, 2017. 

 

Expectations

We want this year’s event to be as awesome as it has been since 2012, but we can’t do it alone. We ask that presenters and roundtable leaders do their part to support us.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • The topic pitch you submit now should match the talk you present or the roundtable you lead during NEPA BlogCon. No changes, please!

  • We ask that you commit to preparing fully for your roundtable discussion or presentation session. The more prepared you are, the better it’ll be for you and attendees!

  • We strongly encourage rehearsing your presentation before the big day (it can help keep the pace and schedule the day of the event, plus, it can make you feel more confident of your material!)

  • All presenters and roundtable leaders are required to send a short bio and headshot for use in promotional materials as well as on the website. Deadlines for bio and headshot submissions will be Friday, July 28, 2017.
  • All accepted presenters and roundtable leaders will be given a appropriate guidance on the structure of the day and any materials needed to prepare, such as our official slide template.  Additionally, we’ll be providing all selected presenters and roundtable leaders with a timeline of when we need items to be submitted for review.

  • All presenters and roundtable leaders are highly encouraged to and should promote NEPA BlogCon through social media, blogging, email marketing, or other media. The support means a lot!

  • All presenters and roundtable leaders are asked to submit a 700-1000 word guest blog post regarding the topic they are speaking about or leading a discussion on.

If you have any questions about the above or want more information on what it’s like to be a presenter or roundtable leader at NEPA BlogCon, please contact us and we’d be happy to help!

 

Conference Format

This year’s format will be a mixed style with up to 150 attendees. Your presentation topic must be related in some way to blogging, social media, internet technology, digital communications, marketing and/or branding.

The day will be broken up to a few parts:

  • We’ll kick off the day with registration and a vendor expo
  • Then, we’ll assemble in a large presentation room for welcomes and the first few sessions
  • There’ll be a panel discussion right before lunch
  • Lunch break and more vendor expo time
  • Afternoon breakout roundtables

You’ll have two opportunities to contribute to NEPA BlogCon 2017: either by presenting a dedicated session to all attendees or by leading a roundtable discussion with smaller groups of attendees.

 

Formats

Interesting in Teaching a Session? Here’s How Sessions Work.

Each session is designed to be about 20 minutes. We generally prefer only one presenter per session, but we may accept more if you can show us that it enhances the presentation.

Attendees are thirsty for knowledge and insight that only you can provide! Make sure your session contains practical information that attendees can apply (in an engaging and totally unique manner, of course!). It helps if you also share the reasoning behind the tactics you’re describing. Give examples or case studies to show this knowledge in action.

Interested in Leading a Breakout Roundtable? Here’s How Roundtables Work.

This is a new format for us but it’s one we’re really excited about! Instead of a classroom-style presentation, we’ll have 5 hosted roundtables that will be led by a subject matter expert (that’s you!). In each roundtable, a topic will be discussed by the leader and all of the attendees. Roundtables will be limited to 20-25 total attendees, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity for engagement. The goal is to have an open discussion with multiple attendees in a more focused setting.

Each roundtable will last approximately 30-40 minutes and you’ll have to lead your roundtable topic 3 times as we’ll be rotating in new groups of people throughout the afternoon. Leading a roundtable requires someone who is great at conversation or moderation, as well as someone who can get people talking and engaging over some really interesting stuff!

 

Conference Details

NEPA BlogCon 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Penn State Worthington Scranton. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the first session will begin at 10. Sessions will run from 10 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Roundtables will be held in the afternoon in 3 blocks from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be an hour break for lunch.

 

Compensation

NEPA BlogCon is a charitable event run by volunteers and proceeds go to benefit non-profit work in Northeastern Pennsylvania, specifically the funding of our girl’s STEM education camp for grades 4-6: Squirrel Girls Tech Camp. We’ll love you forever if you present, though!

 

Session/Roundtable Ideas

Based on survey feedback, our attendees are interested in the following session or roundtable topics for this year’s conference:

Becoming a Better WriterEmail MarketingLocation-Based Marketing
Monetizing Your Online PresenceHow Social Media Has Changed JournalismBuilding Reader or Customer Loyalty
Google My BusinessSnapchatSocial Job Searching + Professional Networking on LinkedIn
NEPA Blogger Success Stories: How'd you do it?Creating & Using VideoInstagram
Creative Writing for BloggersChoosing the Right CMS/Blogging PlatformWhat You Need to Know about UX & Web Design
Affiliate MarketingShifting Focus/Changing Your NicheLive Streaming Media
Usage Rights & CopyrightCommunity Management & EngagementHow to Build a Brand
How to Choose the Right Social Media PlatformsWhat Makes a Great Website?How to Gain Readers & Followers
PodcastingProductivity & InspirationTime Management Tools for Content Creators
When is it Time to Retire (from Blogging)?Pay-Per-Click MarketingTips for Generating & Capturing Content

 

 

Where to Submit & Submission Format

If you have a session idea for this year’s NEPA BlogCon, we’d love to hear from you! Fill out the form below. Be sure to outline what you plan on covering and how, what the goal of the session is, and how you’re going to sweep NEPA BlogCon attendees off their feet!

Once your proposal is submitted, the NEPA BlogCon team will review and those selected will be contacted.